slander

verb
slan·​der | \ ˈslan-dər How to pronounce slander (audio) \
slandered; slandering\ ˈslan-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce slander (audio) \

Definition of slander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to utter slander against : defame

slander

noun

Definition of slander (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation
2 : a false and defamatory oral statement about a person — compare libel

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Other Words from slander

Verb

slanderer \ ˈslan-​dər-​ər How to pronounce slander (audio) \ noun

Noun

slanderous \ ˈslan-​d(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce slander (audio) \ adjective
slanderously adverb
slanderousness noun

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Verb

malign, traduce, asperse, vilify, calumniate, defame, slander mean to injure by speaking ill of. malign suggests specific and often subtle misrepresentation but may not always imply deliberate lying. the most maligned monarch in British history traduce stresses the resulting ignominy and distress to the victim. so traduced the governor that he was driven from office asperse implies continued attack on a reputation often by indirect or insinuated detraction. both candidates aspersed the other's motives vilify implies attempting to destroy a reputation by open and direct abuse. no criminal was more vilified in the press calumniate imputes malice to the speaker and falsity to the assertions. falsely calumniated as a traitor defame stresses the actual loss of or injury to one's good name. sued them for defaming her reputation slander stresses the suffering of the victim. town gossips slandered their good name

Examples of slander in a Sentence

Verb She was accused of slandering her former boss. Noun She is being sued for slander. He was a target of slander. We've heard countless unsupported slanders about her.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb She’s a xenophobe and a bigot who ruthlessly abused her position today to slander a woman, who has absolutely nothing to do with the daily business of Parler, simply because she was born outside of the United States. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "House Oversight Committee demands FBI investigation into Parler's supposed 'planning and incitement' of Capitol riot," 21 Jan. 2021 And suddenly they would be held to higher standards--such as libel and slander laws. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: And so it begins," 6 Dec. 2020 The plan gets a little fuzzy at that last point, but the first two steps are clear: slander and sue. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Legal Strategy for Challenging the Election Is One More Trumpist Fantasy," 6 Nov. 2020 The thinking of Burke, de Mastre, or de Bonald also shows that the counterrevolutionary should not respond by adding more violence or slander to a time of crisis. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "What Burke Would Say about the Riots," 3 Sep. 2020 Less than one day after the story was published, the regime used it to attack and slander Mr. López and pressure the Spanish government to hand him over to the dictatorship. WSJ, "No Plot by Venezuela’s Interim Government," 8 July 2020 Despite being slandered and mocked by her detractors, Fang Fang emerged as a true hero, revered by her fans and admired by her fellow writers. Jiwei Xiao, The New York Review of Books, "Fearing For My Mother in Wuhan, Facing a New Sinophobia in the US," 6 Apr. 2020 Sadly, my colleague [Romney] wants to appease the left by calling witnesses who will slander the [president] during their 15 minutes of fame. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "‘Six years is a long time’: Lawmaker in Romney’s state introduces bill that would let voters recall sitting senators," 30 Jan. 2020 Sadly, my colleague @SenatorRomney wants to appease the left by calling witnesses who will slander the @realDonaldTrump during their 15 minutes of fame. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The Bolton Bombshell and the Unwaveringly Pro-Trump G.O.P.," 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brad Herman, an ex-assistant of Lee’s who would later be sued by JC for slander, alleged assault. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "'The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee': Absorbing bio details dismantles myths surrounding Marvel comics icon," 18 Feb. 2021 Half a million people in Spain downloaded a recording of the outburst, as did many in Venezuela (where the recording had to be voiced by actors to avoid slander). Saskia Solomon, The Economist, "How the iPhone killed the custom ringtone," 17 Feb. 2021 For most ordinary people, there were no slot machine-like dopamine hits to be had for upping the ante on what might be the greatest collective slander in American history. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MICHELLE GOLDBERG: Clinton QAnon obsession," 8 Feb. 2021 The slander offense that Navalny is being tried for was punishable by a fine or community service when he was charged with it last year, though lawmakers have since increased the potential punishment to up to two years in prison. Anton Troianovski, BostonGlobe.com, "Russia expels European diplomats over Navalny protests, defying the West," 5 Feb. 2021 But charismatic leaders of the movement (which today includes Donald Trump), then warn that the deep state conspiracy of (insert your favorite slander against liberals, Blacks, Jews, women, Muslims, or the like here) may force more drastic measures. Matthew Schmidt, Fortune, "The Capitol insurrectionists and ISIS have a lot in common," 22 Jan. 2021 Whether or not Trump believed the racist slander, he had been apprised of its political utility by his friend Roger Stone, who made his political reputation as a dirty trickster for President Richard Nixon. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 With their father the only source of information, how were the children to distinguish fact from slander? Barbara Bradley Hagerty, The Atlantic, "Can Children Be Persuaded to Love a Parent They Hate?," 24 Nov. 2020 Last month, after he was accused of slander, U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil argued that Carlson’s viewers should know better than to just believe him. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Hmm, Interesting How Tucker Carlson Lost His Only Copy Of “Evidence” Against Joe Biden," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of slander

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slander

Noun

Middle English sclaundre, slaundre, from Anglo-French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense — more at scandal entry 1

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7 Feb 2021

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“Slander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slander. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for slander

slander

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone

slander

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slander (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of making a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone
: a false spoken statement that is made to cause people to have a bad opinion of someone

slander

verb
slan·​der | \ ˈslan-dər How to pronounce slander (audio) \
slandered; slandering

Kids Definition of slander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a false and damaging statement against

slander

noun

Kids Definition of slander (Entry 2 of 2)

: a false statement that damages another person's reputation

slander

transitive verb
slan·​der | \ ˈslan-dər How to pronounce slander (audio) \

Legal Definition of slander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to utter slander against

Other Words from slander

slanderer noun

slander

noun

Legal Definition of slander (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : defamation of a person by unprivileged oral communication made to a third party also : defamatory oral statements
2 : the tort of oral defamation sued his former employer for slander — compare defamation, false light, libel

Note: An action for slander may be brought without alleging and proving special damages if the statements in question have a plainly harmful character, as by imputing to the plaintiff criminal guilt, serious sexual misconduct, or conduct or a characteristic affecting his or her business or profession.

Other Words from slander

slanderous \ ˈslan-​də-​rəs How to pronounce slander (audio) \ adjective
slanderously adverb
slanderousness noun

History and Etymology for slander

Noun

Anglo-French esclandre, from Old French escandle esclandre scandal, from Late Latin scandalum moral stumbling block, disgrace, from Greek skandalon, literally, snare, trap

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